Artist offers crafty ideas for holiday decorating

11/15/2013 2:06 PM

11/15/2013 2:07 PM

Kathy Cano-Murillo, artist and founder of, has some crafty holiday ideas:

Q: Can you suggest a project for kids to make that could be used as part of a Thanksgiving table setting?

A: Have them decorate a piece of watercolor paper with paints, sayings and pictures, similar to a scrapbook page. Then color-copy it and laminate it to use as a place mat.

Q: What are some crafty ideas for centerpieces?

A: I’m very sentimental when it comes to centerpieces. I love beautiful things, but I also like to remind guests and family about the meaning of the holiday. I like to incorporate interactive ideas, like a big glass jar where people can write down something and add it to the jar. They can write down what they are thankful for, or a Christmas wish, then everyone takes turns pulling one out to read it. Also, identical things grouped together always make a statement. A big bowl of glittered ornaments, or a row of small glittered reindeer statues.

Q: For the busy person, what are a few quick ideas that are low-maintenance?

A: For any holiday, I go with string lights. They look pretty and twinkly and make a big impact. Or just decorate the entryway to your home as opposed to the entire house.

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